Antico Frantoio Muraglia was born in Andria, Italy, capital of the Apulia oil region, five generations ago, but their real family patriarch has watched the seasons come and go for no fewer than 450 years – a majestic coratina olive-tree, a native cultivar whose wealth of polyphenols is almost unmatched among the 538 classified Italian varieties.
The history of Muraglia as oil producers begins with this green giant that stands tall over their olive groves – some 40 hectares in the uplands of Murgia. It was Savino Muraglia senior who bought this tree to press its olives for oil, defying all those who told him there was no fortune to be made from land and olives. As to who had the right of it, only time will tell…
One thing for certain is that their tenacious great great-grandfather – cross-grained or “stubborn as a mule”, as they say in Apulia where people don’t mince words – did it his way and launched the long history of an oil which is now on gourmet shelves in forty countries. But many things have remained utterly unchanged in all this time, beginning with Muraglia promise to preserve the biodiversity of the agricultural landscape and to protect the plants of strategic importance for their supply, such as the olive trees themselves.
The story goes on and now is continued by Savino Jr. Muraglia:
“I really enjoyed riding in and out of the mill, and then rushing to get my hands dirty amidst the heaps of olives. A dogged passion we passed as a burden from one generation to the next, from hot-tempered great-great-grandfather Savino to prudent grandfather Savino and then on to my indulgent dad Vincenzo. One fine day this love, this oil that runs in my blood turned into an innate need to pay off my family’s sacrifices and build up a highly regarded quality legacy.”
Savino Jr. is passionate about olives, quality and beauty of life. He was the one who had been enchanted by the ancient ceramic container that was used to store oil and wanted to use it to bottle his own oil, because he thought that the olive oil would “breathe” better inside it and oxidation would be minimized. It’s not only about to keep the best quality of olive oil but also to make you happy with beautiful rainbow pottery jars and all the other creations he designs together with Apulian craftmen.
Savino has created a must-have in the kitchen - a collectable piece of design and an extraordinary olive oil at one go. Enjoy!
Frantoio Muraglia only with us in Poland.